Mystery in the Phoenix Antique Store in relation to LDS Brigham Young


Sarah Bingham, co-owner of Antique Sugar in Phoenix, has a locket believed to date from the 1800s, with a photo resembling Brigham Young, the second president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Bingham says her father, a retired jeweler, bought the coin from an LDS member at Pinetop about ten years ago and gave the lock to his daughter to sell.

“I put it on Instagram and then, just for fun, I googled Brigham Young just to see, and I was like, oh,” Bingham said. “So, I deleted the post right away, and just searched here and there.”

Bingham says she finally decided to go back to the internet and ask around.

“We’ve had a lot of people in the Church say it’s definitely Brigham Young, I thought one of the women looked a lot like one of his wives, so I posted that side by side too, like Eliza Snow and the photo in the locket, and then a couple of people were, like, I don’t think it’s Eliza Snow,” Bingham said.

Bingham spoke to a historian and historical photographer and hopes to get more answers.

“I would like someone who knows more about researching this stuff to tell me yes or no about it. I mean, my dad wanted to sell it originally, so I guess we’d like the sell,” Bingham said.

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